Iowa Mechanics Lien Form
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The construction or mechanics lien, known in Iowa as a Claim of Lien, is filed on private construction jobs. Construction liens are available to parties who have performed labor or provided materials to a jobsite, and have not been paid.
Fill out the form on the right to download your Iowa Mechanics Lien Form. Use this form to file a lien in Iowa.
Rules and regulations for sending a Iowa Mechanics Lien
Mechanics Liens must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to a project in Iowa. This deadline marks the end of this 90-day period, and your lien is now due.
While the Iowa deadline is 90 days, the law does allow claimants to file liens late. In this event, they must serve the owner with the late-filed lien, and the lien is only enforceable against funds already withheld by the owner and unpaid to the principal contractor.
After completing the Iowa Mechanics Lien Form, you must deliver it to the appropriate parties required by statute. Notices are typically served on the property owner and, for sub-tier parties, the general contractor. However, depending on the type of notice, it can be helpful to send notices to anyone else who is in charge of your payment, like a lender or surety company on the project.
Others are asking about Iowa Mechanics Lien
Are we able to file a lien?
IA as in Iowa? Here's the Levelset guide to the Iowa lien process: https://www.levelset.com/mechanics-lien/iowa-lien-law-faqs/
Consider filing the lien on the property and immediately moving to enforce it. I am not sure of Iowa laws specifically but they will have to explain to a judge why they got an unconditional lien waiver signed by you and then refused to pay you.
You will have to sue to enforce in Iowa, though, under their laws.
E. Aaron Cartwright III
Address to send paperwork to file a lien in iowa
- The claim will be limited to the "unpaid balance" due to the general contractor at the time the lien was posted; &
- Written notice must be served by the claimant to the owner by certified mail with return receipt requested.
What’s the procedure and cause to file on a bond
You'll have to go to the Iowa Secretary of State's website, register, find the project and then file the lien. This is a centralized lien filing program for the entire state. If you are a sub of the GC, you shouldn't have a problem. But, if you are a supplier, there are certain notice provisions that you'll need to meet in order to have a valid lien.
Here is a link to the lien registry: https://sos.iowa.gov/mnlr/index.aspx
You'll need to search for the property, register, then file your lien.
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Other forms to use in Iowa
Iowa County Recorders
Looking to file/record a mechanics lien in Iowa? You'll need to get your Iowa mechanics lien filed and recorded with the county recorder in the county where the construction project is located. Here is a listing of all county recorders in Iowa. Click on any county to find more information about how to get your lien recorded in that county.
PO BOX 248
Waukon, Iowa, 52172
phone: 563 568 6351
321 E 12th St First Floor, Lucas Building
Des Moines, Iowa, 50319
PO BOX 2510
Iowa City, Iowa, 52244
Marshall County Courts Courthouse 1 East Main Street
Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158
phone: (641) 754-6355
50 Obery st
Plymouth, Iowa, 2360
111 Court Avenue Suite 250
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309-2251
600 W. 4th St.
Davenport, IA, Iowa, 52801-1030
P.O. Box 431
Harlan, Iowa, 51537
phone: (712) 755-5543
701 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, Iowa, 50501